Rough and red! Comparing the crimson Corydalis...
|Corydalis solida 'George Baker'|
|Corydalis solida 'Beth Evans'|
|Corydalis solida 'Dieter Schacht'|
I've had this one for many years--it came to me as 'Dieter Schacht'--though when I just googled the name, it should be an even softer pink than 'Beth Evans'--the problem with these corydalis is that once you get a few varieties together, expect them to produce a whole cline for you of color variation! When I had just 'George Baker' in the garden, I never got seedlings. But I have noticed in recent years that there are now slightly different forms showing up where I never planted red corydalis. And this year I noticed my first hybrid between a red solida and white Corydalis malkensis: oh oh....
|Corydalis solida (seedling)|
This seedling appeared near 'George Baker' a few years ago--and if anything I find it purer in color: 'Son of George'? Or shall I name it for someone I know? Or should I just enjoy it? The latter seems a wiser course...I've tried to avoid having any of the purple C. solida too near--hoping the reds would cavort and eventually produce a more or less uniform crimson or scarlet strain--and perhaps that is starting to happen...
|Corydalis solida 'George Baker' on the back of the rock garden|
|Corydalis solida 'Beth Evans' in central rock garden, Quince|
I end with this shot of evening backlight on 'Beth Evans' last week--doing just what I want her to. Once you start having them clump up, you can really light up the early spring rock garden--even after the isotherms drop to unseemly depths!
Janis Rukshan's catalog just got here last week--and whaddya know! There are a bunch more rosy to scarlet Corydalis on sale for a mere arm and a leg! wooooo hooooooooooo! Who needs arms? Who needs legs? Red corydalis are much more interesting and fun!